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MHS Graduation Marked More by Rain than by Speeches

Click here to see a larger version of the Graduation Slide Show. Photos by Island Photography

It has not rained during a Mamaroneck High School graduation in recent memory, so the principal,  Dr. Mark Orfinger, was easily forgiven for suggesting that Tuesday’s storm would “blow over.”  In the end, however, this year’s ceremony will be remembered less for the speeches than for the weather.

Nearly 350 seniors marched onto the Mamaroneck football field, many of them wearing sunglasses given out as party favors at the senior prom.   By the time salutatorian Jennifer Fasman finished her speech, however, the audience was a sea of umbrellas. And by the time valedictorian Andrew Katzenstein began his address, LMC-TV cameramen were battling the wind and rain in an attempt to keep their equipment dry.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried and School Board President Linnet Tse each received congratulations for deciding to skip their speeches  in the face of threatening weather. (You can read what they intended to say on the district website.)  The rain only served to reinforce the messages they would have delivered.

Dr. Fried called the class of 2009 “by far the most resilient class this high school has ever seen.”  Ms. Tse  celebrated the accomplishments of a diverse and extraordinary class, and reminded the students, in the words of Dory from Finding Nemo:  ”When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do . . . Just keep swimming . . . “

Faculty speaker Darren Bosch described the graduates as “a nice class,” notwithstanding their end-of-year water gun “Assassin” pranks and library light saber wars.  He remarked on their talent, sense of humor, kindness and genuine concern for others.

Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association President Ann Borselino presented the one award given at graduation, the annual Boothby Award,  which goes “to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals of public education.”

This year, said Ms. Borselino, the faculty couldn’t come to consensus, so they opted to give two awards.  One went to Kenny Burr,  ”an active member of the school community” and the “first to say thank you to his teachers,” said Mr. Borselino. She cited his work on MHS Info, the pep talks he gave the football team, his leadership as a Caprice advisor, and his receipt of the prestigious “Twelfth Man” award. 

The other award went to student body president Elise Geithner, described as “a dynamo” who “made an impact on this high school from the first day of freshman year.”  Ms. Borselino elaborated:  “Need help with homework, need help with Chinese, need help preparing for a Regents, need help decorating the gym, need a campaign manager for the ‘mock Presidential debate,’  need help rebuilding homes after the flood of April 2007, need to help children in Thailand, need to reinstate SAFERIDES, need to send a Card for a Cause, need an editor and chief for the yearbook, need a student to be liaison to the board of education, need a president of student council, need a member of the National Honor Society? “  Then, said Ms. Borselino, you need Elise.

Despite the rain, the Class of 2009 observed tradition by tossing their caps in the air. Photo by Island Photography

Despite the rain, the Class of 2009 observed tradition by tossing their caps in the air. Photo by Island Photography

In the end, the pounding rain abated just in time for the students to receive their diplomas and leave their flowers, student IDs and other memorabilia at the podium.   Although some family members were cold and miserable, others felt  the rain made the ceremony “funny” and  ”more memorable.” 


Mamaroneck High School Class of 2009

Valedictorian: Andrew Katzenstein



David Adler
Elizabeth Aguilar
Chenelle Akal
Tanya Alberdi
Samantha Aldarondo
W. Cameron Allen
Claire Aller
Eugenio Alvarez
Jose Andres
Paul Antonios
Charles Arias-Yizar
Thomas Arleo
Lukas Ault

Johan Bailey
Paolo Banfi
Matthew Barbero
Belzie Barillas
Axel Barrios
Jocelyn Baumgarten
Matthew Beck
Gabriel Bellovin
Andrew Benkwitt
William Berger-Bailey
Emma Berger-Kovacs
Edgar Bermeo
Benjamin Bernstein
Zsuzska Beswick
Ashwin Bhandari
Julia Bilbao
Ian Blatt
Alexander Bodor
Flor De Maria Bonilla
Hannah Brammer
Matthew Brandon
James Broderick
Jennifer Brown
Samantha Brown
Bobbye Burkhead
Kenneth Burr

Diego Cabaleiro
Griffin Calkins
Crystal Campbell
Gregory Carlucci
William Carlyon
Benjamin Chan
Jonathan Chapman
Carlos Chinchilla
Maria Cifuentes
Emil Cliggott-Perlt
Sarah Colburn
Ivan Contreras
Alexander Cook
Madeline Cook
Michael Corenthal
Dillon Coyne
Christiane Creixell
Daniel Crowe

Justin Dalbon
Irene Dambriunas
Alessia Daniele
Victoria DeAndrea
Christian J. Degenhardt
Taylor Del Villar
Thomas Delvito
Alec Denhoff
Benjamin Dennis
Eric Deoliveira
Stephanie Diaz
Samantha DiBiccari
Louis Didier
Jeffrey Dobronyi
Dana Dotti
Christian Duell
Briana Dulanto

Phoebe Edwards
Nicholas Egan
Jewelie Elsbree
Elias Everett

Michelle Fanelli
Jennifer Fasman
Katherine Feller
Fabrizio Fiera
Oren Finard
Robert Fine
Molly Finer
Erica Fitzgerald
Giovanny Flores
Alanna Flynn
Christopher Ford
Jeremy Forsyth
Daniel Foster
Caroline Franco
Andrew Frank
Max Frankel
Alice Friedman
Timothy Furlong
Hope Fyees

Martha Garcia
Charlotte Gardiner
Daniel Garfield
Isabelle Gedigk
Elise Geithner
Peter Gelman
Alexander Genecin
Christian Glaser
Luke Glaser
Andrew Gold
Christopher Gonsalves
William Goodenough
Adina Goodman
Lily Goodspeed
Gregory Gorman
Alexander Gottesman
Kelsey Grad
Williamena Granger
Jordan Gratch
Brandi Gray
Charles Greenwald
Raymond Gualano
Caroline Guo

Matthew Habig
Sarah Hadi
Sean Hagan
Melanie Halbout
Abigail Hall
Phoebe Hanley
Daniel Harrington
Melanie Harris
Madeline Hendricks
Sarah Henkind
Yesica Hernandez
Sara Hess
James Hiler
Maximilian Hinchcliffe
Kira Hoffman
Jonathan Holton
James Hosey
Samantha Humphrey

Marco Iacono
Ryan Infantino
Yasmin Iniestra

Brett Jackson
Bradley Jacobson
Lindsey Janoff
Zachary Johanson
Kevin Johnson
Bridget Joyce
Patrick Joyce
Sarah Joyce
Arturo Jumpa

Morgan Kamm
Susan Kanchewa
Kenji Kaneshiro
Matthew Kanterman
Melissa Kaplan
Peter Kaplan
Sereena Karsou
Oliver Katz
Andrew Katzenstein
Robert Kaufman
Shauna Keating
Lauren Keck
Sean Kelly
Melanie Kilgallon
Chelsea Kimmey
Alexandra Kirby
Rebecca Kitsis
Wilson Kizer
Gabriel Klein
Robert Koch
Carly Kriss
Alexander Krumholtz
Nikhil Kumar

Christopher Lamb
Omar Lanier

Salutatorian: Jennifer Fasman



Daniel Lee
Alexander LeGuillou
Vincent Leventis
Caroline Levere
Matthew Levinson
Alec Lewkowicz
Rebecca Liggins
Daniela Lira
Ethan Litzky
Antonia Lloyd-Davies
Jorge Lopez
Juliana Lopez
Audrey Lorberfeld
Alexander Lubben
Scott Lubliner
Niashaly Lugo
Dylan Lustrin
Daniel Luzzi
Joanna Lyons

Richard Macdonald
Jessica Madris
Zachary Maller
Jade Mandel
Jacklyn Mann
Andrew Marmon
Matthew Marr
Christine Marsico
Amanda Martinez
Sienna Anne Martz
Yumi Masuda
Christopher Matchneer
Grace Matelich
Gregory McAndrews
Matthew McGovern
Megan McGuire
Meagan McKeon
Campbell McLaren
Jessica McMullin
Fiona McNulty
Ralfston Meek
Michael Meglio
Alexander Mendez
Scott Messina
Nicholas Mezansky
Trevor Miles
Jamar Miller
Lauren Mirsky
Anthony Moffa
Fayola Moise
Vincent Molle
Sarah Monaghan
Taylor Mondshein
Cassandra Moretti
Taraneh Moussapour
John Munro
John Musacchio
James Nabholz
Edgar Nackenson
Lindsay Naughton

Michael Negri
Aaron Nicholson
Andrew Nigro

Charlotte Ohl
Carmela Ortiz
Maximilien Oston

Oliver Pare
Tae Park
Nicolette Parra
Karina Pedraza
Carl Penn
Dolman Perez
Nicole Peters
Melissa Pierson
Audrey Pincus
Andrea Plate
Louisa Pough
Lily Primamore

Ana Maria Quintanilla

Kate Rainey
Talia Ram
Lisa Ramos
Melanie Ramos
Matthew Rautionmaa
Michael Reda
Anna Reddicliffe
James Reddicliffe
Rebecca Reddicliffe
Matthew Roberts
Natalie Rodriguez
Diana Roggiero
James Rohman
Erika Romagnoli
Kayla Romanelli
Matthew Roque
Elliot Rosenfeld
Edward Rosen-Wallberg
Samara Roth
John Rousso
Ana Ruano
Michael Rubin
Alexandra Rudansky
Ariel Russ
Maxwell Saines
Yuni Sameshima
Jordan Samuel
Ricardo Sanchez Jr.
Peter Sansbury
Alisa Santangelo
Jennifer Schecter
George Alexander Schieferdecker
Michael Schole
Katherine Schuricht-Hackett
Adam Schwartzman
Sarah Scudder
Morgan Seedor
Hannah Semaya
Victoria Senter
Kayla Sherwood
Kobi Shevin
Mitchell Shinderman
Jonathan Shuman
Rachel Shuman
Cathleen Smith
Daniel Smith
Genevieve Spinner
Carla Staffaroni
Alec Steers
Peter Stein
Lauren Stelluti
Aaron Sternbach
Sara Stevens
Samantha Stillman
Jacob Szabo

Joseph Taaffe
Ying Tang
Isobel Tanner
Evan Thompson
William Thompson
John Tiebout
Shaddai Tirado
Christopher Tofalli
Robert Towle
Diego Trinidad
Amanda Tuck

James Valdez
Stephen van Eyck
Brandon Vargas
Jesus Vazquez
Stephanie Velez
Benjamin Viagas
Monica Vieira

Benjamin Wachtel
Molly Wagner
Joshua Waitt
Samantha Walden
Alexandra Wall
Jacob Ward
Christina Wehrmann
Michael Weinberg
Douglas Weinrib
David Weiss
Jason Weitzman
Karly Wentz
John Westfall
Olufemi Wheeler
Sagirah Wheeler
Charlotte Wiesenberg
Ellen Williams
Jonathan Williams
Eric Windsor
Samuel Wojciechowski
Andrew Wong

Anthony Zamano
Vanessa Zapata
Carolyn Zelenetz
Adam Zweig




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2 comments to MHS Graduation Marked More by Rain than by Speeches

  • Kathy Donnison

    In reference to the Bootby Award, in fact the faculty did reach consensus. After extensive discussion of the fine qualities of these two amazing young people, we decided, by acclamation, to give the award to both Elise and Kenny.

  • Denver

    I don’t see any African-Americans. When I graduated from MHS, a lifetime ago, there where a lot of African-Americans. Has it changed??